UKRAINE (May 25, 2022)— the Ukrainian war is costly for all of NATO nations.
Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, said in an interview with NV, a Ukrainian media outlet, that he will file a lawsuit against Russia, demanding “proper compensation for all losses and lost business.”
Zelensky: “The longer this war lasts, the greater will be the price of protecting freedom not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole free world. Therefore the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine — MLRS, tanks, and other weapons — is the best investment in maintaining stability.”
Zelensky: “The longer this war lasts, the greater will be the price of protecting freedom not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole free world. Therefore the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine — MLRS, tanks, and other weapons — is the best investment in maintaining stability.” pic.twitter.com/JmH3aEKPUD— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) May 24, 2022
Putin Visits Russian Soldiers
Putin visited one of the military hospitals in Moscow today, where he talked to servicemen injured during a special operation in Ukraine. According to the Kremlin officials, “the choice of the date is not related to the new stages of the operation, the matter is only in the parameters of the president’s schedule.”
Путин пожал руки военнослужащим, которые были ранены в ходе спецоперации pic.twitter.com/LyIIYmTkQe— Кремлевский пул РИА (@Kremlinpool_RIA) May 25, 2022
Switzerland to seize assets of Russia-linked Ukrainian ex-president’s associate
The Swiss government is seizing more than 100 million Swiss francs’ (£82m) worth of assets from an associate of Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych.
The seizure concerns assets of Yuriy Ivanyushchenko and his family that were frozen after Ukraine’s 2014 revolution, it said in a statement, stressing the move was unrelated to sanctions that Bern imposed against Russians this year.
Mr Yanukovych was deposed in 2014, in what became known as the Maidan revolution, which moved Ukraine on to a more pro-Western tilt, and away from Russia’s sphere of influence.
Some experts say the deposing of Mr Yanukovych was key to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and led, eventually, to the invasion.
Ukraine needs MLRS ASAP, says Ukraine’s FM
Ukraine’s foreign minister says his country’s requirements can be summed up in two abbreviations: MLRS and ASAP.
Dmytro Kuleba says his Ukraine needs multiple launch rocket systems as soon as possible as the situation in the eastern Donbas region “is extremely bad”.
Mr Kuleba, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, said he had about 10 bilateral meetings with other leaders whose countries possess such systems.
But he said: “The response I get is, ‘Have the Americans given it to you already?’
“So this is the burden of being a leader. Everyone is looking at you. So Washington has to keep the promise and provide us with multiple launch rocket systems as soon as possible. Others will follow.
“If we do not get an MLRS ASAP, the situation in Donbas will get even worse than it is now,” he added.
He said the rocket systems would help Ukrainian forces try to recapture places such as the southern city of Kherson from Russian forces.
‘First ship to leave Mariupol after city’s capture in next few days’ – Russia-backed official
A Russian-backed official in the port of Mariupol has said that the first ship to leave since pro-Russian forces completed their capture of the city would leave in the next few days, TASS has said.
The news agency reported that the official said the ship would take around 3,000 tonnes of metals to Rostov-on-Don in Russia.
Earlier, Russia’s defence ministry said Mariupol’s port was “operating normally”.
Latest maps show Severodonetsk on line of control between Russian and Ukrainian forces
The latest maps of the Ukraine war show that Severodonetsk is right on the line of control between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai accused Russian troops of deliberately targeting shelters where civilians were hiding.
“The situation is serious,” he said. “The city is constantly being shelled with every possible weapon in the enemy’s possession.”
Ukraine running out of space to store grain for export, as Wallace rejects call for sanctions to be dropped
Ukraine does not have sufficient space to store grain, when it is ready to harvest, a Ukrainian MP has told the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Yevheniia Kravchuk said time was running out to export the 22 million tonnes of grain that is currently in storage in Ukraine before then next harvest is ready to store.
It comes as Russia continues to blockade the country’s Black Sea ports.
“We have about maybe a month and a half before we start to collect the new harvest,” she said on the sidelines of the event in the Swiss resort.
The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall Visited Humanitarian Crisis Organizations
Joined by Her Majesty Margareta of Romania, The Prince of Wales has visited the Romexpo Donation Centre in Bucharest to see first-hand the excellent response of the Romanian authorities and international and local organizations to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
🇺🇦🇷🇴🇬🇧 Joined by Her Majesty Margareta of Romania, The Prince of Wales has visited the Romexpo Donation Centre in Bucharest to see first-hand the excellent response of the Romanian authorities and international and local organisations to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/v92d50hfA7— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) May 25, 2022
Source: Sky News and Yviv News contributed.